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How to Deal with Stress and Zap it before it Strikes

If untreated, stress can lead to physical and mental health problems. Everyday stress is manageable; there are many strategies that can help you fight stress.

Mental Health By Himanshu Sharma / May 01, 2014

Dealing with Everyday Stress

Stress is unavoidable, but you should never ignore it. If ignored, stress can cause serious physical and mental health problems. Everyday stress is manageable; you can reduce your stress with patience and some useful strategies. (Image source:Getty)

Practice Deep Breathing

When stressed, take a deep breath. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply, feeling your breaths in your lungs. It oxygenates your blood and clears your mind. (Image source:Getty)

Listen to Music

If you feel you’re in a stressful situation, listening to your favourite song may help you get control. Calm music falling into your ears has a positive effect on the brain and body; it reduces cortisol (a hormone linked to stress) and lowers blood pressure. (Image source:Getty)

Call a Friend

If something is bothering you, call a friend and talk it out. Friends and loved ones are important to any healthy lifestyle. That reassuring voice can help you put everything in perspective. (Image source:Getty)

Laugh it off

A bout of laughter when you feel stress can bail you out. Laughter is known to release endorphins that decrease the levels of stress-causing hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) and help improve your mood. (Image source:Getty)

Eat Right

Your dietary choices are closely related to stress. When we’re stressed, we tend to find comfort in sugary foods and snacks. These don’t help combat stress; fruits, vegetables and fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce the symptoms of stress. (Image source:Getty)

A Cup of Green Tea

When you’re troubled by stress, try green tea. It contains healthy antioxidants, as well as theanine (an amino acid) to give your nervous system a calming and soothing effect. (Image source:Getty)

Mindful Meditation

There are certain lifestyle changes that are effective in the long run to keep stress under control. Mindful meditation approaches (such as yoga and tai chi) prevent stress from becoming a problem in the first place. (Image source:Getty)

Daily Exercise

Exercise has myriad of health benefits – physical and psychological. A 5-minute workout is enough to get your blood moving, release endorphins and improve your mood. When stressed, take a walk to find immediate relief. (Image source:Getty)

Sleep Better

Stress can give you sleepless nights. Similarly, lack of sleep is one of the main reasons behind stress. Not sleeping enough causes havoc in the brain and body. Make a point to get good seven to eight hours of sleep everyday; it is one of the most effective stress busters. (Image source:Getty)

Seek Assistance

If ignored and untreated, stress can cause serious health ailment(s). When nothing seems to help, you must see a professional to get over the stressful situation you are in. (Image source:Getty)


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